GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, August 26, the 239th day of 2015 with 127 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:02 and sunset is @ 7:30. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”
1842 – The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1847 – Liberia was proclaimed as an independent republic.
1873 – The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten.
1896 – In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government.
1920 – The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1934 – Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.
1937 – All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.
1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1939 – The radio program, “Arch Oboler’s Plays”, presented the NBC Symphony for the first time.
1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1947 – Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.
1957 – It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.
1957 – The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line.
1961 – The International Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto opened.
1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.
1978 – Sigmund Jahn blasted off aboard the Russian Soyuz 31 and became the first German in space.
1981 – The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. The company that had sold its products door to door for 81 years.
1990 – The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology